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Monday, May 18, 2009 

under Education & Career by Jaki Faulkner

Volunteering doesn't have to be work. Sometimes making a difference can be as simple as hanging out with friends or meeting new friends while dining out! And sometimes it's as easy as child's play.

BEAN Shanghai provides various opportunities to network while volunteering within the community. They host regular networking nights, volunteering events, cocktail socials, sports teams and group trips while raising funds, highlighting global issues, awarding scholarships and mentoring kids. This month they will be hosting two events. On May 23rd they visit the No. 2 Primary School in Shanghai. The aim of this monthly event is to provide Shanghai's busiest migrant schools with a fun educational health program. Volunteers can help create theatrical skits, sing songs and play games. On the 24th they travel to Huixin Infant Orphanage, which serves over 130 children with mental and physical disabilities. Each month volunteers are able to participate in active, one-on-one play with the children. BEAN needs a wide variety of volunteers with or without Chinese skills. All you need is energy and enthusiasm!

If you prefer to mix your business with a bit of pleasure try the "Black Ties & Beanies" event next month at Mesa Manifesto. The black-tie evening will feature live music, performances, and an auction of Shanghai's 12 most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes. Cocktail and canapes start at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:30pm. The after-party continues upstairs on Mesa's outdoor terrace with drinks and dancing, the bachelor/bachelorette auction and a variety of performances. Tickets for the night are 888 RMB each or a table for ten is 8,000 RMB. Proceeds go to the Chi Heng Foundation for HIV/AIDS orphans and children affected by AIDS, a local Shanghai orphanage for disabled children and the BEAN Dental Hygiene Program for migrant schools. This will be a good night, and its for a good cause, so have fun and get involved!


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